The Golden Girls had the exciting opportunity to take a tour of the new Ford Ice Center. Since we both live and work in South Nashville, we are excited about the redevelopment of the Hickory Hollow area. Not only will the Ice Center, Library, playground, and park be a recreation space that will be used by the community, but it provides much-needed ice capacity in Nashville – a city that only has two other skating facilities available for the public. Since no one ever mentions Nashville without also mentioning that it is a ‘non-traditional market’, the Ford Ice Center will be an important step toward growing passion for hockey and by extension, the Predators.
Let’s take a look!
There are two sheets of ice. We were lucky enough to get to watch them lay the ice and paint for one of the rinks. This ice center is the first in Nashville to feature the Look-Up Line (Preds gold, of course) – increasing safety for the players.
Plus, the redline is the best in town.
The concessions area will offer great food and serve beer. (Woo!) An outdoor window will let people using the playground and walking trails buy food without having to go inside.
There will be plenty of seating in the rink itself, but there is also a heated upstairs viewing area, complete with comfy chairs, tv’s, and a drink rail so parents can watch games away from the cold rink. They also have party rooms that can be divided to host events, parties, and workout classes.
The view from the upstairs windows is great.
The locker rooms are well appointed and feature a goalie bench, which is nice to hold a player wearing those giant pads.
The sound system is state of the art, and there are plans to install lighting including the Preds logo that will project on the ice. Weekend open skates will have great music – possibly with local djs. Vanderbilt University has signed on to make Ford Ice Center their home for games and practices. Additionally, several other colleges (MTSU, University of the South and Trevecca) have expressed interest to begin programs that will compete in a 30 and Under Adult League. In September, the Ice Center will host a tournament featuring 30 adult teams coming from as far away as Arizona, Florida and Michigan. We can’t wait to go and take in some hockey on the weekends!
Scott Hamilton (yes – the Olympic skater) will have a skating school, and there are classes for children – adults. Check out their schedule here: www.fordicecenter.com
A big thanks goes out to Craig MacDonald, Hockey Director, for giving us the behind-the-scenes tour of the Ford Ice Center. We can’t wait for it to open, and we hope we’ll see Nashville’s hockey fan base get bigger and more passionate!